Hot City: Crime In Providence

In our special series Hot City: Crime in Providence we take a look at the summertime rise in crime in the capital. 

In July of last year the Smith Hill, Elmhurst, and North End neighborhoods, were the areas with the highest rates of crime. 

We revisited the area this year to find out how things have and have not changed.

Education
8:53 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Hot City: Growing Up With Crime

Children play jump rope at General Street Park, near the site of a triple homicide.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

When temperatures rise in the summer months, crime goes up, and young people are often the victims. They’re also increasingly a factor in crime. As part of our series Hot City: Crime in Providence, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison visited the North End and Smith Hill, two areas with the highest crime rate last July, to find out what it’s like to grow up in a place where summer can be dangerous. 

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Hot City: Crime in Providence
8:58 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Hot City: What's Happening on the Streets

With the rising temperatures comes a spike in crime across the capital city. In a series we’re calling Hot City: Crime in Providence we’re taking a look at summer crime by focusing the month of July.

Last year the area encompassing Smith Hill, Elmhurst and the north end saw the highest number of crimes. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Teny Gross, executive director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence about what’s happening on the streets of Providence.

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RI News
9:14 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Hot City: Remembering A Tragic Triple Homicide

Sun sets on the apartment building in Providence's North End where Shemeeka Barros, Michael Martin, and Damien Colon died.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Crime rises in the summer, and according to statistics released by the Providence police department, in July of last year the area with the highest crime in the city was the North End, Smith Hill, and Elmhurst area.  These neighborhoods do include the historically high-crime areas, but the most violent crime last summer happened in what is considered a quiet neighborhood. 

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RI News
11:52 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hot City: An Interview With Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements

Providence police chief Hugh Clements
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Statistics show that crime rises in Providence during the summer.  In June, July and August of last year, there were 343 violent crimes, ten of them were homicides.  There have been that many homicides this summer.  As part of our special series, Hot City: Crime in Providence we sat down with Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements.

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Hot City
11:32 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hot City: Providence Crime Stats

City-wide Crime Stats | Create infographics

Data from: Providence Police Department

Hot City: Crime in Providence
7:33 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hot City: Crime on Smith Hill’s Oakland Avenue

A dozen crimes were reported on Oakland Avenue in Smith Hill in July of 2012.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

With the rising temperatures comes a spike in crime across the capital city. In a series we’re calling Hot City: Crime in Providence we’re taking a look at summer crime by focusing the month of July. Last year the area encompassing Smith Hill, Elmhurst and the North End saw the highest number of crimes. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch visits a street in that area where a dozen crimes happened in one month.

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